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Brazen Affront By Wisconsin GOP

December 3, 2018

The machinations now underway by the Republican majority in the Wisconsin State Legislature are more in line with what one might imagine from a third-rate power which does not quite yet grasp the meaning of a working republic.

In a truly embarrassing and shameful demonstration, with the reversal of lessons from childhood, the Republicans in the statehouse are following up on their looses in the mid-term elections by making a mockery of our political process.   What the GOP was not able to attain at the ballot box they are determined to take in a lame-duck session in Madison.

With no signs of contrition majority party leaders are hell-bent on taking away powers from both the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.  The proposals ginned up include preventing the incoming governor from withdrawing Wisconsin from a legal challenge to the federal Affordable Care Act, sidestepping the attorney general’s power to represent the state in litigation, and rescheduling a 2020 election with a costly measure to boost the chances of a Republican state Supreme Court Justice.

These actions are stunning.  Breath-taking.

What makes these efforts so contemptible comes from the very pages of civics books which conservatives love to embrace when preaching the need for law order.  But now they are eager to undermine those democratic values.   They are willing to change the rules of the game after being found wanting by the voters of this state.

This attempt to hi-jack the process of governing is an affront to the folks who proudly call themselves Wisconsinites.   While parents know there are times the rules of board games need to be relaxed when small children play there is also the realization that a time comes when all play by the established rules.  It is remarkable that such a simplified way of putting our current mess in context is even required.  But here we are. I simply can not fathom we are this point in our politics!

Citizens of this state must stand their ground and not allow for the childish ways of the ones who lost the elections to now change the rules.  Being hesitant or reticent in the face of such obvious disregard by Republicans concerning the power of the ballot box is not something we can allow.  What has been presented by the Republicans is a challenge we simply can not, and must not, walk away from.

What is being attempted at the statehouse is an affront to the basic ideals of who we are as citizens and voters.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2018 2:04 AM

    Agree, Solly. I also am amused by how many GOPers are jealous of Dane and Milwaukee counties. I always tell them they can be more like us–all they need do is read more books!

  2. Solly permalink
    December 7, 2018 12:55 AM

    I laughed out loud when I first heard the argument from a state GOP flack/hack that if it hadn’t been for Milwaukee and Dane counties Wanker would have won. Yeah, and if we don’t count Waukeeshaw, Ozaukee, Washington, Walworth and Brown counties Evers won by a landslide. I find it interesting that after 8 years of seeing no evil while Scott Wanker consolidated power in the Executive branch and two years of Trump signing executive orders with a big black crayon the teabaggers and repugnants have found their misplaced pocket copies of the constitution. Um, executive orders and deficits are bad when Obama does them, but okay when Trump does it. Wanker and Schimanker can decide when to file lawsuits but Evers and Kaul, elected by the people shouldn’t. Repugnants can decide to keep legislative seats vacated by political hacks who get patronage jobs open against state law until a judge steps in, Repugnants can try to rig an election for the supreme court because they are afraid of what happens when a large number of Wis. citizens vote and that their conservative hack might get bounced. Lame duck sessions are for appointing and confirming dozens of hacks to jobs that continue into the new term without hearings or statements of economic interests being filed. Quack, Quack, Quack!

  3. December 5, 2018 6:21 PM

    Howard,

    What I find most astounding are the conservatives who try and defend this stuff in WI, and in so doing, underscore how little they know about what they are trying to speak for. They make me laugh.

  4. Howard permalink
    December 5, 2018 4:36 PM

    I swear to God that I will never again vote for any Republican, ever. Some of them have gotten my vote in the past. That will change. If enough of us will do the same thing they might get a message.

  5. December 5, 2018 3:19 PM

    Bob,

    I think his political burial started on Election Night and will be completed with the signature of these bills. He has now shown to all what many of us knew him to always be.

  6. WiBobC permalink
    December 5, 2018 1:51 PM

    If Walker signs off on these Bills, it will effectively end any chance he has of being elected to a state-wide position (Senator). People will see his true colors and this will not be forgotten!

  7. December 4, 2018 8:00 PM

    What that Gregory will not tell you… but this Gregory will…… It’s a beautiful gerrymander. Dems got 190,000 more votes but Reps got 63/99 seats in 2018 election in WI.

  8. December 4, 2018 12:41 PM

    Gregory,

    The state of Wisconsin voted for the Democratic candidates in the five statewide races and also in the federal race. Due to the partisan drawn legislative seats the GOP maintains their majority in each chamber. But the vast majority of the state voted for Democrat candidates. The fact is that what the Republican Party can not win at the ballot box they are hell-bent on taking after the election showed they came up short. If the items now under discussion this fall were of such merit and need why not have dealt with them at the start of 2018—or any of the years since 2010? Hmmm….. This whole embarrassment for the GOP underscores that they have no real clue or understanding about what it means to be a conservative. Nothing that is now taking place in the statehouse on the GOP side can be termed conservative. Since it seems you would fall in the conservative camp, does it not shame you that your party has drifted so far from the definition of conservative? What you are defending are the actions of angry white men, for the most part, who have power but no decency, common sense, or grasp of history.

  9. Gregory permalink
    December 4, 2018 11:33 AM

    Excuse me maybe you need to read our state constitution the legislative branch the judicial branch and executive all have a say in the state rule and laws. Just because someone wins the executive positions doesn’t mean the rest roll over and accept his mandate. Remember he won with only a 1.2 % take away Madison and Milwaukee its a landslide the other way so Mr. Evers needs to govern the whole state some of my friends whom voted for him are already disappointed with what’s happening already at the capitol with the banging and name calling. They firmly believed this new guy would reach across aisle now they see already with his appointments they made a mistake. The sate spoke in changing the head leadership but still wants to retain the conservative policies that have helped the tax payers of the state of Wisconsin start getting ahead in life that they are to be respected more than the politicians for what they want. Also show me in the state constitution where they cant keep legislating plus they also do even more of this once they are sworn in its called check and balances for a reason. I find it amazing these people who tried and failed to do this to Walker made him go thru recall the violence and childish behavior of the act 10 people now suddenly think they have a clear mandate wake up smell the roses this guy you put in you will come to realize is nothing but a hack especially when you see whom he surrounds himself with. He will do all to take care of the special interests but not what’s best for this state and its people.

  10. December 4, 2018 5:46 AM

    Like I’ve said since Walker was elected: the WiGOP is a distinctly un-American group with all the trappings of a fascist cabal.

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